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UMA Promotes K12 Cybersecurity Curriculum

April 06, 2023

Since 2015, the University of Maine at Augusta’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education, a program jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

As a CAE institution, UMA is happy to share the CAE’s K-12 Pathway Program ━ RING (Regions Investing in the Next Generation) cybersecurity course launched last summer. This program is free to students, schools, and educators through a federal NSA grant. This foundational cybersecurity course prepares students to take college cybersecurity classes. RING is explicitly structured for high school students (grades 9-12) and home-schooled students without access to an existing cybersecurity program. The RING curriculum offers lesson plans, instructor slides, hands-on labs, graphic organizers, assessments, and custom cyber games related to the units. Students can enroll for an entire academic year or a single semester. High schools may opt to award credit for course completion.

Students will be expected to have access to a computer with internet capabilities to participate in this course thoroughly. The course is entirely accessible via online delivery and is taught using multiple instructional methods; and will include recorded lectures, labs, quizzes, discussion forums, and outside research. The course will use the learning management system, Canvas, and other technology tools. Attendance is monitored through required course interactions and assignment submissions. Students can engage with each other and network with cyber professionals through the RING student organization. Students with documented disabilities may be eligible for reasonable academic accommodations if they need support or assistance because of the disability.

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